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Warriors Steph Curry gives worrying late-game injury update

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The Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, falling 2-1 in the series. Unfortunately for the dubs, that wasn’t the worst news of the night.

Two-time MVP Steph Curry put on another impressive performance, scoring 31 points on more than 50 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line and across the field. However, his performance was marred by an incident that occurred just over four minutes from time in the last quarter of the game.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum took and missed a jump shot, which resulted in a scrum for the loose ball. Boston tall man Al Horford tangled with Curry and fell on his leg. The Warriors point guard writhed on the ground in obvious pain and limped when he finally got to his feet.

Curry announced troubling news about the injury during the post-game press conference, noting that he had reincarnated the same ankle sprain that knocked him out of the last 12 games of the regular season, which also happened during a contest with the Celtics .

“I’ll be fine. I got caught under Al [Horford]. Of course there will be pain, but I’ll be fine. Find out how tomorrow feels and get ready for Friday,” Curry said.

“Same thing I did…against Boston in the regular season but not as bad. That’s how it felt,” he continued. “I’ll see how it reacts. Not much more to say but I don’t feel like I’ll miss a game. So take advantage of these next 48 hours and get ready.”

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Anthony Slater of The Athleticwho personally attended the post-game interviews, described Curry’s physical condition after the press conference.

“Slight limp, slower pace and a few grimaces from Steph Curry as he exits the podium and exits the Boston arena around 1 a.m. local time [time]” Slater wrote on Twitter. “Game 4 in about 44 hours. How his sprained foot reacts will define the state of this series for swaying warriors.”

If Curry ends up being unable to play or even handicapped to a significant degree, it could spell disaster for the Warriors. It’s hard to argue that every player on both teams was better than Curry in the first three games of these NBA Finals. He’s averaging more than 31 points per game, plus five rebounds and almost four assists on every timeout.

Despite Curry’s exceptional play, the Warriors lag behind in the series, their two losses averaging 14 points per match.

Curry suffered the same injury Wednesday that knocked him out for about the last month of the regular season. Curry’s first ankle sprain occurred during a game against the Celtics on March 16 when Boston point guard Marcus Smart dived for a loose ball and pulled out Curry’s legs.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called out Smart the next day, saying he made a “dangerous play.”

“I thought it would be a dangerous game. I thought Marcus had tripped Steph and I was upset about that.” said Kerr. “Much respect for Marcus. He’s a damn good player, a gamer, a competitor. I trained him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We chatted after the game. We’re good but I thought it was a dangerous game and just let him know.

No such allegations were made against Horford or any of his Celtics teammates following Curry’s injury Wednesday night. And while the severity of the injury may not match that of its predecessor, its aftermath could prove significantly worse, with a maximum of four games remaining before the next NBA champion is crowned.

“I thought it would be a dangerous game. I thought Marcus had tripped Steph and I was upset about that.” said Kerr. “Much respect for Marcus. He’s a damn good player, a gamer, a competitor. I trained him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We chatted after the game. We’re good but I thought it was a dangerous game and just let him know.



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